Fears over public safety as 29 terrorists due to be released onto the streets of UK
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Over the next three years 29 terrorists are due to be released from prison on to our streets sparking public safety concerns.
It is expected that 11 of them will be released before April and three will be back on the streets by September.
Their release means the security services will be placed under huge pressure to monitor them as extremists are subject to security measures to try and stop them from radicalising others or carry out terror attacks.
However despite previous newly released terrorists being subjected to security measures some have gone on to kill or plot attacks while under licence, Express Online reports.
These include Usman Khan who murdered Cambridge University graduates. Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, in a knife attack at Fishmongers’ Hall, on London Bridge, last November.
David Spencer, research director at the Centre for Crime Prevention, said: “It is deeply worrying that so many convicted terrorists will be coming back on to our streets in the coming months. It is likely that many still pose a risk to the public.
“Terrorists should not be released unless it can be proved beyond reasonable doubt that they are no longer a threat to public safety.”
Khan, 28, was released from prison a year before the attack after serving half of a 16-year jail term for plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange.
He was tagged at the time and and had been attending an offender rehabilitation conference hosted by Learning Together, a Cambridge University programme that helps rehabilitate inmates and ex-offenders, when he struck.
Khan’s rampage came to an end when he was shot dead by police.
In February Sudesh Amman stabbed two people in Streatham, south London, before being shot dead by police.
He had been released from prison less than two weeks before after he was jailed for possessing and distributing terrorist documents in December 2018.
The 20-year-old was freed automatically halfway through his sentence.
The Ministry of Justice data does not name the 29 due to walk free but chemistry teacher Jamshed Javeed, jailed for six years for trying to join Isis, and Britain’s first jihadi extremist Moinul Abedi, who was inspired by Al-Qaeda to make detonators, are both in line for early release.
Another prisoner who is due to released is Mohammed Khilji, from north-west London, who was jailed for five years in June 2018.
The then 19-year-old had posted beheading videos on WhatsApp, along with footage giving advice on how to make a car bomb.
Mohammed Zahir Khan, a shopkeeper from Sunderland, is due to be considered for release in November.
He was jailed for four-and-a-half years in 2018 for encouraging acts of terror and inciting religious hatred.
The MoJ statistics reveal that at the end of March there were 59 prisoners serving sentences for terrorism, more than double the figure two years ago.
A Government spokesman told the Express: “We have already changed the law to ensure that terrorists are kept behind bars for longer and cannot be released early unless the Parole Board is satisfied.
“We are protecting the public further by overhauling sentencing and monitoring.”